Ready to benefit from 3D metal printing, but don’t have the space or budget to accommodate this technology? Then ADAM (Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing) technology from Markforged is right for you.
The metal 3D printers of today are very expensive ($500K – 1M) and can take up a large amount of space. Markforged’s revolutionary ADAM technology redefines what metal 3D printers can do in-house at a significantly lower price!
Markforged stunned the world in 2014, by launching the first and only desktop and industrial line of 3D printers that intelligently embed continuous fiber to create a printed composite part with the strength of metal. These parts are so tough that this chain link withstood 22,000 lbf before breaking! Now, in 2017, they’re back at it again. This time it’s with metal.
What Is ADAM?
ADAM is an accessible and compact process for metal 3D printing that will help you speed up your time from design to strong, metal part.
Imagine 3D printing metal, production-grade parts overnight using new technology at a fraction of the cost. With the Metal X and ADAM technology, it’s possible. You will now be able to print parts ranging from industrial replacement parts to injection molds to working prototypes overnight, accelerating innovation and shortening development time.
The process begins with your choice of different metal powders. Next, the powder is captured in a plastic binder (which makes it safe to handle) and then formed into the parts shape one layer at a time. After printing, your part is sintered in a furnace that burns off the binder and solidifies the powder into your final, fully-dense metal part.
ADAM also enables the creation of unique geometries that are not possible with traditional subtractive manufacturing, such as closed-cell honeycomb infill. Parts can be printed like the structure of bones – a closed cell inner core encased in a solid outer shell. This allows you to become more creative in what you can accomplish while producing incredibly accurate parts.
What Metals Can I Print With?
Rapidly create key components, custom pieces and spare parts with these strong materials:
- Stainless Steel
- Tool Steel
1. Stainless Steel
303 stainless steel maintains corrosion resistance up to 800C, and is ideal for post processing in CNC milling and turning operations. It is used on the drive rollers for Markforged’s fiber system on the Mark X.
17-4 stainless steel is widely used in aerospace, medical and petroleum industries, where it combines high strength, corrosion resistance, and hardness. It is used for assembly fixtures and tooling on Markforged’s Mark X.
6061 aluminum, your general-purpose aluminum, combines good machinability, strength, and weldability. It can additionally be anodized with a good finish. Markforged uses it for many of the machined components in the Mark X.
7075 aluminum, one of the strongest aluminum alloys, is commonly used in the aerospace and automotive racing industries. This alloy maintains good fatigue strength and a high strength-to-weight ratio, and it is stronger than common structural steels (A36, 1018). Markforged puts it to good practice on the kinematic coupling in the bed of the Mark X.
3. Tool Steel
A-2 tool steel is air-hardened with excellent impact resistance. It’s used for punches, dies and form tooling on the Mark X.
D-2 tool steel, with its high carbon and chromium content, is often used for cutting tools. It provides great hardness and abrasion resistance, but it’s not as tough as A-2.
Inconel is perfect for heat and pressure shielding applications. This Nickel-based superalloy is commonly used in environments with high heat temperatures such as jet engines and medical applications. It is very difficult to machine but also very chemically resistant.
Titanium 6-4 is ideal for lightweight applications, bearing the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal. It has both high tensile strength and fatigue resistance. This bio-compatible material is widely used in medical applications such as orthopedic joint replacements.
A Note From Greg Mark
CEO and founder of Markforged, Gregory Mark, said in an interview with TechCrunch, “Humans have been pouring metal in molds for 5,000 years … the digital age transformed every other industry known to man – music, photography, writing, telecom, email, the internet. But Ford makes cars largely the same way they did in the 50s. It’s time for mechanical engineering to enter the digital age.” Are you ready to get onboard with this cutting-edge technology and upgrade the way you work with metal?